Body found in Butler Township

DAMASCUS – The Columbiana County Homicide Task Force was activated to investigate the death of a man off Hartley Road Saturday afternoon.

County Sheriff Ray Stone confirmed he activated the task force after the body was found in Butler Township around 2 p.m. Because the man’s death is still under investigation, his name, age and the details surrounding his death are not being released.

The Homicide Task Force was created May 2012, with participating local law enforcement agencies volunteering to provide immediate investigatory assistance when requested by another department. The idea is to provide smaller departments with enough personnel to investigate homicides during the first critical hours.

Stone said about a dozen investigators for the task force were on the scene in Butler Township Saturday, but he would not say which police departments those officers were coming from.